A 2600-year-old statue depicting an Egyptian priest will be delivered to the Archaeological Museum in Plovdiv, accompanied by a further 43 exhibits from the Louvre in Paris – and accompanied by heavy security.
The visiting exhibition, entitled “Meeting with an Egyptian priest” opens formally on June 17 and will be open to the public from June 18 to July 18.
The statue of the priest, dating from the 6th century BCE, weighs 700kg and is one of the emblems of the Louvre.
Other items on show will include Egyptian deities made of stone, funeral steles and papyruses with hieroglyphics recording priestly incantations.
The Archaeological Museum in Plovdiv will be closed to visitors from June 13 to 17 while the exhibition is installed.
(Photo: Neithsabes via Wikimedia Commons)